Does the paperwork say anything explicitly about alcohol or sexual scenarios?
When I talk to my producers, I always say the same thing: we can’t use the sex footage and I’m not interested. You can show the kissing or those inferential moments, but that’s all you can use.
If two people are having sex, what can I do with that? If the sex acts that are being depicted in the press [about “Bachelor in Paradise”] are true, then why are even you shooting?
In order to make it onto one of our shows, you have to go through intense risk-management screenings, which include psychological evaluation, background checks, medical examinations.
We find out every possible thing we can about the people going on the show, whether they’re mentally, physically, and psychologically capable of handling the stress of being on the show.
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We put out a bottle of alcohol in the house, and then we watch the night… My concern about this situation is that if the person was beyond a point of making her choices and was still being shot and being put into this scenario, it’s a very weird situation.
When you talk about sexual assault, it’s almost always just two people alone and it becomes a he-said-she-said situation; this is the most unusual situation because not only is there a third party, but there are cameras that watched everything that happened and everything that led up to what happened.
Every reality show has had drunken hookups and all of that stuff, but for this to have occurred, there is just no way that if this was a run-of-the-mill incident that they would have shut this show down.
Do you control the alcohol intake among contestants on set?
Unequivocally, it is your responsibility as a producer to step in when a cast member is intoxicated beyond the ability to make good and safe choices.